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Alternative software available for PC unit.

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I wasn't very happy with the X-Lap software that came with the PC unit. So I've written my own RMS software (Windows) for Carrera digital, using the protocol information so generously provided by SFI member brumbaer at his website.

My software includes some things I thought were lacking in X-Lap:

You can automagically rotate cars or drivers in a session. If you have 10 drivers and 5 controllers (as we did here the night of the first test), the software will rotate through the ten drivers, giving each a chance to race all 5 cars associated with the 5 controllers. Likewise, if 2 drivers want to each drive 3 cars in a session (as my wife and I just did this afternoon), the software will track the results.

There is support for sounds. Lap, best lap, and leader lap. Two laps to go and or final lap (lap counted race), 30 seconds to go (in a timed race). Announcement of leader (or not). Announcement of checkered flag in lap counted race (or not).

There is a practice mode as well as a race mode. Just click the practice button and drive. For race modes, the heats must be started from the Black Box after the software has been setup with driver and/or car information.

The race screen always fills the desktop. It reports laps, best lap, last lap, position and time-to-leader (or laps behind leader).

You can count/not count ghost and pace cars. You can require them to finish the race, or not. When you're rotating cars, you have the option to rotate the ghost and pace cars, or leave them the same for the entire session.

The software has been used on exactly two machines at this point- both mine. If anyone is interested in trying it out, send me a PM and I'll put together an install package (with some instructions- currently ther is no in-program help) and make it available. It is and will remain free....
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Nice software, Bruce.

Regarding the sounds, will it always announce :"Driver 1 driving car 1", stc. or do you have plans to personalize the sound according to the actual car number and/or driver name?

Also, for the other sounds, do you have stock sounds for lap crossings or do we just insert our own.

(I don't have it hooked up to the lap counter yet, but it looks great at first inspection)

Thanks for your efforts,
Thanks, Bruce.

And for all the hard work. I'll be sure to feedback my experience once I'm hooked up.

Hi Bruce,

Since you are still taking suggestions about your already excellent software, how about this?

Could you make available a second window (which could optionally be moved to a 2nd display monitor) which is a scoring tower, as at the Daytona speedway with the current running order during the race. Leading car at the top, 2nd place car below, etc. Either that or a scrolling horizontal window in race order much as they do in Nascar TV coverage?

Thanks in advance,
Thanks, Bruce.

I had a previous version installed which did not have the running order option.

Also, I was talking with our local dealer of a commercial track in San Diego and he asked:

Do you have the ability to send a relay signal to kill track power at the end of a timed race?
Can a lap race be completed without all drivers having to complete all laps?

Hi Bruce,

I have and it was working sometime ago. Now when I try to begin a race session (timed or lap), the race timing screen does not come up when I start the race at the blackbox. The awaiting start at Valley Raceway screen stays on. Practice race sessions work just fine. Any ideas?

Thanks for the replys. I found out that the cable connecting the BB to the lap counter somehow got crushed and had an open circuit so no start signal.

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